A post accompanying a video that shows a flying train landing on the tracks is being widely shared across social media platforms with a claim that the video shows a flying train that was inaugurated in Chedung city of China. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video showing a flying train which was inaugurated in Chedung city of China.
Fact: This is actually a simulation video uploaded on a YouTube channel that primarily uploads train simulation videos. However, China on 16 January 2021, unveiled a domestically developed maglev train prototype in Chengdu. As per the news reports the top speed of the train is 620 km/hr and will eventually be boosted to 800 km/hr. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
YouTube search with relevant keywords led us to a video which carried visuals similar to the one in the video. In this video, we can spot watermark of ‘DENDI KOMARA RAILFANS ID’. Also in the description, the link of the verified channel of ‘DENDI KOMARA RAILFANS ID’ is provided.
Further the link in the description led us to the verified channel of ‘DENDI KOMARA RAILFANS ID’ in which we can find a video uploaded on 11 August 2020, which carries visuals similar to the one in the post. The English translated version of the caption of the video reads ‘Train Down from the Sky (Game Only)’. Further, the video is described as, “Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019”, which is a video game as per their Facebook page. Similar simulation videos are posted on the page.
Further Google search with relevant keywords led us to a tweet by China Xinhua News, China state-affiliated media dated 16 January 2021 which shared a video of the domestically developed maglev train prototype which was unveiled in Chengdu, China. As reported by the South China Morning Post, the top speed of the train is 620 km/hr and will eventually be boosted to 800 km/hr. Videos similar to the one in the post might have surfaced after this event.
To sum it up, simulation video is passed off as flying train unveiled in China.